120 cel­e­brate par­ish hall’s 50 years

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

MORE than 120 peo­ple at­tended a spe­cial event to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of a pop­u­lar com­mu­nity hub.

Lower Withing­ton Par­ish Hall was built in 1966 and hosts an ac­tive and var­ied pro­gramme of events for the com­mu­nity, from in­door bowls and art classes, to pi­lates and whist drives, as well as a very strong Women’s In­sti­tute branch.

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley was among the guests at the an­niver­sary din­ner. Speak­ing fol­low­ing the din­ner, he paid trib­ute to the hard work of all those who sup­port ac­tiv­i­ties at the Par­ish Hall and in par­tic­u­lar the long ser­vice of chair­man, John Ven­ables, and sec­re­tary, John Ry­der.

The pair have held their po­si­tions for 55 years each, and in so do­ing have be­come well re­spected pil­lars in the com­mu­nity.

He said: “It was an hon­our to be able to pro­pose the toast at such an en­joy­able cel­e­bra­tion for the whole vil­lage.

“The Par­ish Hall truly is the heart­beat of the com­mu­nity, and is al­ways a plea­sure to visit. I wish all those in­volved with it con­tin­ued suc­cess in the decades ahead.”

The vil­lage, near Jo­drell Bank, has had its own hall since 1926.

●» MP David Rut­ley at the cel­e­bra­tion din­ner with John Ven­ables (far left), John Ry­der and their wives

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